Food offerings were left outside homes to prevent ghosts from coming inside.
One of the many rituals to ward off bad spirits; animals and crops were sacrificed into bonfires. These gatherings were also a chance to have fun and share fortune telling predictions.
Pumpkins became the root vegetable of choice for jack o’ lanterns after Halloween gained popularity in North America.
Teenage mischief was always a thing; treats were given to prevent tricks.
The habit of storing cups and mugs upside down originally wasn’t to prevent dust, but spirits hiding inside.
“Guising” – the origins of trick or treating in costume – included wearing frightening masks of demons and dead animal heads to blend in with the other spirits and demons. The sacrificial slaughter originates as a hopeful influence on a plentiful crop season.
Household weapons – like knives – were kept in secret hiding spots; hidden from any evil spirits that may have entered.
Breadcrumbs—not the greatest for wildlife—were sprinkled atop properties to distract spirits from performing malevolent acts.
An abandoned array of matchmaking rituals; apple bobbing, peeling apples, the view of a mirror through a secondary mirror, burning hazelnuts, egg yolks floating in bowls of water, and hiding items like thimbles in dishes like mashed potatoes.
Candles were lit for deceased loved ones to help guide them to the Underworld.